Kids never fail to surprise. One moment, they're making you laugh, and the next, they're giving you a headache. And you never know when they'll leave you open-mouthed. In a nutshell, they're impossible to predict.
Either way, Addie Bryan is one girl who surprised quite a few people. Diagnosed at birth with an uncommon bone condition—Larsen Syndrome—Addie has had to endure several years of treatment simply so she could bend her legs.
The Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital doctors who helped Addie, who can not only walk properly now but is free to run around with other kids.
Where she once had contorted limbs, she can now move easily. So, she figured she’d find a means of repaying the Texas Hospital for what they’d done.
Her answer led to her returning home every night grasping a whole stack of money…
As Addie was having her birthday soon, one might have expected she’d ask for toys or some ‘in’ gadget that would be a hit with the other kids.
Not Addie. She was set on getting as much cash together as she could for the hospital which had helped her walk. According to sources, Addie’s goal was to make $8k to thank the Children’s Hospital. Ambitious, sure, but nothing would stop her.
In an interview with USA Today, Addie said: “I just hold a sign that says, ‘For my birthday, I want to raise $8,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital.”
As luck would have it, the press quickly found out about Addie’s mission and began a campaign which would eventually lead to all her goals being achieved—and more.
People Magazine caught wind of Addie’s ambition and it quickly spread through mainstream media, leading to a huge influx of nation-wide contributions. In total, she came up with a whopping total of $19.5k to give the Children’s hospital.
And yet, it didn’t end there.
Not long after, Stephanie Brigger, the Texas hospital’s Development Vice President, got a huge check for the hospital. The anonymous check came from someone who’d been so bowled over by Addie’s efforts that they’d made a personal donation of $50k.
“I am almost speechless because I am the one who opened it,” Stephanie reported.
“The anonymous donor wrote about seeing Addie and the pictures of her and then seeing her running. That’s a lot of casts and a lot of prosthetic devices. Every little bit and big amounts help us do what we do.”
Addie’s mission managed to make the hospital a huge $70k in total!
It’s plain to see how everyone can take example from the little girl’s awesome tale, not least feel impressed at her ambition. With only compassion and drive, she managed to make a huge sum for the place that made such a difference for her.
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